7 Clever Projects to Make with Vintage Maps

7 Clever Projects to Make with Vintage Maps

Nancy Mitchell
Nov 10, 2015

One of my favorite things to do when I was little was pull out my parents' National Geographic atlas and pore over it while lying on the floor of the living room. Maps contain so much possibility: looking at one, seeing the outlines of unfamiliar coastlines and learning the names of strange rivers, is almost like being transported to another world. So it seems a shame to throw out old maps when they become obsolete — why not give them new life in your home instead?

Above: This pull-down shade gets a boost from the addition of a vintage map. From BHG.

Cover a map with a vintage map to create a frame that's especially perfect for travel memories. DIY from Hello Lidy.

You could use a map to cover the top of a coffee table, as seen on The Painted Hive.

We love the quirky touch these map drawer liners add to a vintage dresser, seen on Vintage Junky.

Old maps also make great envelope liners, as seen on Nothing but Bonfires.

A headboard covered in maps is great for a kids' room, or for a big people room too. Image from BHG.

This vintage map-covered lampshade is available for $57.58 from Not on the High Street. Or, if you're very crafty, you could make your own. Find a DIY here.

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